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Clinical pharmacology is the study of all aspects of drugs as they relate to humans. Clinical Pharmacology BSc is designed to provide you with a broad understanding of how drugs are developed, from the discovery of molecules to the treatment of patients. It will equip you with the knowledge and skills to enter a career in the life sciences, working in industry, academia or healthcare particularly in the development of new medicines.

Our curriculum offers the opportunity to see what work is like in the life sciences through short placements and through hearing about the experiences of visiting lectures. Students may opt to do an additional professional training year working with an employer to build their skills between years 2 and 3 of the course. Students graduate with a BSc (Hons) Clinical Pharmacology

Clinical pharmacology is the study of all aspects of drugs as they relate to humans. Clinical Pharmacology BSc is designed to provide you with a broad understanding of how drugs are developed, from the discovery of molecules to the treatment of patients. It will equip you with the knowledge and skills to enter a career in the life sciences, working in industry, academia or healthcare...

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Course Content

The Clinical Pharmacology degree will give you a fascinating insight into the world of medicines; how they work, how they are developed, and how they are used to treat patients in healthcare. You will receive academic and practical training so that when you complete the course you will be ready for work or further study in scientific research or healthcare.

The BSc (Hons) in Clinical Pharmacology is a modular, three-year degree. Each academic year comprises 120 credits. The information below gives an indication of the modules you will study in each year of the course and an outline of how the course will be assessed. Note that this may be subject to change. You will study six main topics.

Course structure

Year 1 has integrated learning involving all modules across both semesters.

Year 2 has integrated learning throughout the first semester (semester 3). This will be followed by study weeks and then exams. After this, students will complete a 4-week research project and 4 weeks of work experience.

Progression from year 1 and year 2 is dependent upon passing exams and course assessments, as well as sign off of a skills portfolio. Exit awards are available after successful completion of year 1 (Certificate in Clinical Pharmacology) and year 2 (Diploma in Clinical Pharmacology).

Year 3 has a modular structure involving a compulsory ‘hot topics in clinical pharmacology’ module and a literature-based research project. Students will choose additional modules to a total of 120 credits based on the interests and career aspirations they have developed in years 1 and 2.

The Clinical Pharmacology degree will give you a fascinating insight into the world of medicines; how they work, how they are developed, and how they are used to treat patients in healthcare. You will receive academic and practical training so that when you complete the course you will be ready for work or further study in scientific research or healthcare. The BSc (Hons) in Clinical...

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Entry Requirements

Five subjects which must include English Language and Maths, and either Double Award Science or both Biology and Chemistry.

We do not accept Adult Literacy and Numeracy or Functional Maths instead of GCSEs

Adjusted Criteria

If you attend a school or college in England from this list (i.e. a non-selective state school with an average A-Level grade of D+ or below, or one that is in the bottom 20% in England for progression to Higher Education) then you may be eligible to receive an adjusted A-Level offer two grades lower than the standard for the course.

For Clinical Pharmacology BSc this will be an offer of BBC.

You will still have to meet all other academic and non-academic entry requirements.

Additional information

Resits

We will consider your application if you are re-sitting your A levels (including AS levels and modular resits) over 3 years. However, you will be required to achieve higher grades. Re-sit applications will be assessed on an individual basis, as offers may be dependent on achieved Biology and Chemistry grades. Any re-sit grades will supersede previous grades.

English language

GCSE / IGCSE

English Language grade 6 / B or above.

Please note: all components (speaking, listening, reading and writing) must be completed and assessed.

Five subjects which must include English Language and Maths, and either Double Award Science or both Biology and Chemistry. We do not accept Adult Literacy and Numeracy or Functional Maths instead of GCSEs Adjusted Criteria If you attend a school or college in England from this list (i.e. a non-selective state school with an average...

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Assessment Methods

The topics and skills are revisited several times over the three years of the course with increasing complexity to build your understanding and capabilities:

Year 1

This will give you a good introduction to and overview of each topic and a strong grounding in the skills you will need. You will be assessed by in-course quizzes, an end of year exam and the first stage of your skills portfolio.

Year 2

For the first half of the year you will study topics in more depth and build your skills, ending with an end of semester exam. For the second half of the year you will do a practical research project, build your workplace skills and spend time with employers. You will continue to develop your skills portfolio.

Professional year

There will be an option for a professional year between years 2 and 3 to develop your experience and CV.

Year 3

A ‘hot topics’ module about cutting edge drug developments, such as biological drugs, nanotechnology and gene therapy, and a written research project are compulsory. Otherwise you will choose modules that interest you and support your career plans. All year 3 modules are assessed by incourse assessment and exams. You will complete your portfolio and graduate with a skills certificate that demonstrates your competence to employers

The topics and skills are revisited several times over the three years of the course with increasing complexity to build your understanding and capabilities: Year 1 This will give you a good introduction to and overview of each topic and a strong grounding in the skills you will need. You will be assessed by in-course quizzes, an end of year exam and the...

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